Ho ho ho! It’s that time of the year again where we probably allow ourselves to indulge more than usual. If you read my blog then you’ll be aware that I’ve recently changed my culinary habits. Rather than succumbing to ready made foods, I try to make more home cooked meals. So with that in mind, I’ve made some cookies for the very first time. I am never loyal to a recipe though. I always change things as I go along. I know the rule should be obeyed in baking but even there I’ve managed to tweak things a bit. I love authentic spicy notes and I think we can’t go wrong with them as far as the season is concerned. They add warmth and I’d argue they also ward off nasty bugs. I played around with a recipe and here is what I came up with.
300g plain flour · 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda· 2 teaspoons ground ginger · 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon · 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves ·100g unsalted butter · 100g brown sugar · 3 tablespoons golden syrup
The fun part..
Set the oven at 180°C, layer a baking tray with grease paper
Mix all the dry ingredients
In a pan, melt the sugar, butter and syrup
Pour the gooey mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix and roll out. Cut into desire shapes
*The thinner you roll out the dough the harder and the crispier the cookies, so all depends on your taste..
Melt the sugar, butter and syrup
Mix to obtain a dough that you can rollout. The consistency will vary according to how much butter and sugar you use. On this dough, I used 125g butter as in recipe but In the past I’ve also used 100g butter and the cookies were yummy.
Cut into desired shapes. I used a christmas cookie cutter
Bake in the oven at 180°C for 12 minutes
You can decorate as you like. I just mixed some of my cookies with icing sugar (which I just pounded myself so it’s not so fine) or alternatively you can dip them into melted chocolate. Up to you.
Why not put some cookies in a jar and visit a darling friend? It’s christmas. Time for sharing.
Enjoy your merry christmas cookies!